Mormon History, Mar 10, 1843

-- Mar 10, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, March 10th 1843 4 P.M. Bro[ther] Norton claimed 2 trying squares, W[illia]m Law 1 padlock, David Grant 1 shirt of property found by the Marshall on warrant just issued. A bit stock and smoothing plane and 3 or 4 other little tools were presented on this case. Mayor [Joseph Smith] present. Clear and cold.
[At] 10 minutes before 7, I, Willard W. Richards, discovered a stream of light in the South West quarter of the heavens. The pencil rays of light /were/ in the form of a broad sword with the hilt downward. The blade [was] raised, pointing from the west southwest raised at an angle of 45 degrees from the horizon, and extending nearly /or within 2 or 3 degrees/ to the Zenith of the degree where the sign appeared. This sign grad ually disappeared from 7 1/2 o'clock and at 9 had entirely disappeared. (1)

[Polygamy] Orson Pratt polygamous marriage to Charlotte Bishop (2)

-- 11Mar43
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Humorous Remarks at Office (3)

-- Mar 11, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 11th Saturday I spent the day in the Printing office. (4)

Ramus, Illinois. Joseph Smith traveled with Brigham Young from Nauvoo to Ramus, where with one hand Joseph pulled up the strongest man in the town in a stick-pulling contest. (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, March 11th Too cold last night as to freeze water in the warmest rooms in the city. River filled with anchor ice. 8 1/2 o'clock in the office, Joseph said he had tea with his breakfast. His wife asked him if [it] was good. He said if it was a little stronger he should like it better, when Mother Granger remarked, "It is so strong and good I should think it would answer Both for drink and food."
A dream then related. Night before last I [Joseph] dreamed that an /old/ man came to me /and said/ there was a mob force coming upon him, and he was likely to loose his life, that I was Lieut[enant] General and had the command of a large force. I was also a patriot and disposed to protect the innocent and unoffending and wanted I should assist him. I told him I wanted some written documents to show the facts that they are the agressors, and I would raise a force sufficient for his protection, that I would call out the Legion. He turned to go from me, but turned again and said to me. "I have any amount of men at my command and will put them under your command."
The words of Joseph: "While conversing about the sign in the heavens last evening, as sure as there is a God who sits enthroned in the heavens, and as sure as he ever spoke by me. So sure there will be a speedy and bloody war, and the broad sword seen last evening is the sure sign thereof."
About 9 A.M. Joseph and Brigham started for Ramus.
It is reported in the papers that the workman employed on the General Pratt (which was burned and sunk last fall near Memphis in the Mississippi) with a diving bell on the third of January found the wreck in about 24 f[ee]t water. In that night [there] was an earth quake [and the] next day the wreck had disappeared. No trace could be found and the water was from 100 to 120 feet deep and for about 100 feet no bottom. A bar was discovered where previous was deep water.
Joseph and Brigham had a pleasant and delighful ride and arrived at Bro[ther] McClary's in Ramus 15 minutes before 4 P.M. at Benjamine Johnson's to lodge while they staid in Ramus. In the eve[ning] Joseph pulled up Bro[ther] Moses with one hand pulling sticks. (1)

-- March 11th 1843
[High Council Minutes] (6)

-- 12Mar43
[Joseph Smith Sermon] John 14 (3)

-- Mar 12, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 12 Spent the day at home writing. (4)

(Sunday Morning). Ramus, Illinois.
Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards
Joseph preached 14 John---in my fathers house are many mansions.
Brigham Young Diary
Br. J. Smith feeles unwellÃÂBr Joseph Preach from the 14 Chapter of St John at 10 oc am he taut menne grait and glorious things. (7)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, March 12th Joseph preached 14 John, "In my Father's house are many mansions." Found the brethren well and in good spirits. Had a very pleasant visit. P.M. Brigham preached. (1)

-- Mar 12, 1843 (Sunday Morning)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Location: Ramus, Illinois, USA
Source: Brigham Young Diary (Words of Joseph Smith, 168)
Br. J. Smith feeles unwell . . . Br Joseph Preach from the 14 Chapter of St John at 10 oc am he taut menne grait and glorious things. (8)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Location: Ramus, Illinois, USA
Source: Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards (Words of Joseph Smith, 168)
Joseph preached 14 Johnâ€"in my fathers house are many mansions. (8)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843
2 - Smith, George D (Spring 1994), "Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27
3 - The Parallel Joseph,
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
5 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
6 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
7 - The Words of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook
8 - The Woodland Institute,

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